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Six Nations: Wales versus Ireland

Verantwortlicher Autor: Carlo Marino Rome, 20.02.2018, 14:10 Uhr
Presse-Ressort von: Dr. Carlo Marino Bericht 6411x gelesen

Rome [ENA] The Wales national rugby union team (Welsh: Tîm rygbi'r undeb cenedlaethol Cymru) competes annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Italy and Scotland. Wales have won the Six Nations and its predecessors 26 times outright. Wales' most recent championship win came in 2013. Wales have made three changes to their starting XV to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (KO 14.15)

with British & Irish Lions trio Dan Biggar, Liam Williams and Leigh Halfpenny all returning to the side. Biggar has recovered from a shoulder injury to make his 61st presence for his country and will line up together with Gareth Davies at half-back. Halfpenny and Williams join Steff Evans in the back-three with Hadleigh Parkes and Scott Williams continuing their teamwork in the midfield. Wales have named an unchanged pack for the trip to Dublin. The all-Scarlets front-row of Rob Evans, Ken Owens and Samson Lee feature for a third consecutive game. Cory Hill partners captain Alun Wyn Jones in the second-row with Aaron Shingler, Josh Navidi and Ross Moriarty including the back-row.

Head coach Warren Gatland, who will take charge of Wales for the 100th time, declared: "It is great to be able to bring so much experience back into the starting XV and into the backline."It is the first week we have had everyone in the ‘green’ in terms of availability which is a nice luxury to have and a positive ahead of what is a very important test match against a very good Ireland side.We have been pleased with the depth we have developed in the back-three and pleased with how those players have gone but having the experience of Dan, Liam and Leigh coming back in is hugely important. We have been pleased with how the forward pack has been going and how they have worked as a unit but as always there is pressure for them to perform too".

Elliot Dee, Wyn Jones and Tomas Francis are named as the front-row replacements with Bradley Davies and Justin Tipuric completing the forward contingent. Aled Davies, Gareth Anscombe and George North orchestrate the back-line cover. Wales team to play Ireland is the following: Leigh Halfpenny (Scarlets) (75 Caps) Liam Williams (Saracens) (45 Caps) Scott Williams (Scarlets) (53 Caps) Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) (3 Caps)

Steff Evans (Scarlets) (7 Caps) Dan Biggar (Ospreys) (60 Caps) Gareth Davies (Scarlets) (29 Caps) Rob Evans (Scarlets) (22 Caps) Ken Owens (Scarlets) (54 Caps) Samson Lee (Scarlets) (35 Caps) Cory Hill (Dragons) (12 Caps) Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys) (115 Caps) CAPT Aaron Shingler (Scarlets) (15 Caps) Josh Navidi (Cardiff Blues) (9 Caps) Ross Moriarty (Gloucester) (19 Caps) Replacements: Elliot Dee (Dragons) (4 Caps) Wyn Jones (Scarlets) (7 Caps) Tomas Francis (Exeter Chiefs) (28 Caps) Bradley Davies (Ospreys) (59 Caps) Justin Tipuric (Ospreys) (54 Caps) Aled Davies (Scarlets) (7 Caps) Gareth Anscombe (Cardiff Blues) (13 Caps) George North (Northampton Saints) (70 Caps).

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